About the only benefit from our strong springtime winds is the spectacular display from the southerly whale migration. When the sea is choppy the whales really arc-up and put on a great display. Numerous pods can be easily seen along our coastline from local viewing points and our whale watching charters.
Snapper and morwong have been on the bite all along the coast but few reports have come in since the winds strengthened. Flathead are becoming more prolific with catches reported all along the coast from off the Horsehoe Reef area to north of Tathra.
Last week a large school of kingfish was reported off Long Point. Perhaps it is now time for the Merimbula Fishing Platform to fire up like last year? Good tailor are reported off the beach near Bournda Island, evening on the rising tide is best. Salmon remain patchy. Best areas are Aslings Beach near Eden, North Tura and Main Beach.
Now is the time to fish the estuaries where some sheltered areas can be found during the periods of strong winds. We anticipate the lake waters will gradually warm from now on through spring, bringing estuary fish back onto the bite.
A great run of garfish is reported from Pambula River near the Sharkhole. Bread crumb berley is needed and using a shallow float line with a small piece of prawn or whitebait brings good results. Mullet can be sourced in the same way. Good tailor are already about in the Merimbula Back Lake, early morning or evenings are the best times, trolling or spinning is the way to go.
Dusky flathead have been quiet apart from the Mogareka area. Tailor are schooling all through the estuaries including Merimbula Lake and on Main Beach. Best time for tailor in the estuaries and beaches is early morning or evening. Try spinning with metal lures. Merimbula Lake has returned a few dusky flathead, best using soft plastics. Bream remain active well up-stream in the Bega River. Soft plastics, hard bodies and peeled prawns remain the best baits.
The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club is hosting its annual Sponsors Evening this Saturday, September 9, at 6.30pm for 7pm. All of MBGLAC’s sponsors and members have been invited to the club in Spencer Park, for a pleasant evening to be had while feasting on succulent seafood and roasts followed by lovely sweets.
The club in Spencer Park is open every Friday evening from 6.30pm. Visitors are very welcome. Come and enjoy the fishing report, the ambience, friendship and lovely views with very competitive bar prices. Darragh Reynolds is your scheduled host. All inquiries to John McKay on 0427 639 585.